SHEMOTH 7 (Exodus 7)

1 So 𐤉𐤄𐤅𐤄 said to Mosheh, “See, I have made you an elohim to Pharaoh, and Aharon your brother is your naḇi.

2 “You shall speak all that I command you, and Aharon your brother shall speak to Pharaoh, to let the children of Yisra’ĕl go out of his land.

3 “But I am going to harden the heart of Pharaoh, and shall increase My signs and My wonders in the land of Mitsrayim.

4 “And Pharaoh is not going to listen to you, and I shall lay My hand on Mitsrayim, and bring My divisions and My people, the children of Yisra’ĕl, out of the land of Mitsrayim by great judgments.

5 “And the Mitsrites shall know that I am 𐤉𐤄𐤅𐤄, when I stretch out My hand on Mitsrayim. And I shall bring the children of Yisra’ĕl out from among them.”

6 And Mosheh and Aharon did as 𐤉𐤄𐤅𐤄 commanded them, so they did.

7 Now Mosheh was eighty years old and Aharon eighty-three years old when they spoke to Pharaoh.

8 And 𐤉𐤄𐤅𐤄 spoke to Mosheh and to Aharon, saying,

9 “When Pharaoh speaks to you, saying, ‘Show a miracle for yourselves,’ then you shall say to Aharon, ‘Take your rod and throw it before Pharaoh, and let it become a serpent.’ ”

10 So Mosheh and Aharon went in to Pharaoh, and they did so, as 𐤉𐤄𐤅𐤄 commanded. And Aharon threw his rod before Pharaoh and before his servants, and it became a serpent.

11 But Pharaoh also called the wise men and the practisers of witchcraft. And they, the magicians of Mitsrayim, also did so with their magic.

12 And they, each one, threw down his rod, and they became serpents. But the rod of Aharon swallowed up their rods.

13 And Pharaoh’s heart was hardened, and he did not listen to them, as 𐤉𐤄𐤅𐤄 had said.

14 And 𐤉𐤄𐤅𐤄 said to Mosheh, “The heart of Pharaoh is hard, he refuses to let the people go.

15 “Go to Pharaoh in the morning, as he goes out to the water, and you shall stand by the river’s bank to meet him. And take in your hand the rod which was turned into a serpent.

16 “And you shall say to him, ‘𐤉𐤄𐤅𐤄 the Elohim of the Iḇrim has sent me to you, saying, “Let My people go, so that they serve Me in the wilderness,” but see, until now you have not listened!

17 ‘Thus said 𐤉𐤄𐤅𐤄, “By this you know that I am 𐤉𐤄𐤅𐤄. See, I am striking the waters which are in the river with the rod that is in my hand, and they shall be turned to blood,

18 and the fish in the river shall die. And the river shall stink, and the Mitsrites shall find it impossible to drink the water of the river.” ’ ”

19 And 𐤉𐤄𐤅𐤄 spoke to Mosheh, “Say to Aharon, ‘Take your rod and stretch out your hand over the waters of Mitsrayim, over their streams, over their rivers, over their ponds, and over all their pools of water, that they become blood. And there shall be blood in all the land of Mitsrayim, both in wooden and in stone containers.’ ”

20 And Mosheh and Aharon did so, as 𐤉𐤄𐤅𐤄 commanded. And he lifted up the rod and struck the waters that were in the river, in the eyes of Pharaoh and in the eyes of his servants. And all the waters that were in the river were turned to blood.

21 And the fish that were in the river died, and the river stank, and the Mitsrites were unable to drink the water of the river. And the blood was in all the land of Mitsrayim.

22 And the magicians of Mitsrayim did the same with their magic. And the heart of Pharaoh was hardened, and he did not listen to them, as 𐤉𐤄𐤅𐤄 had said.

23 And Pharaoh turned and went into his house, and his heart was not moved by this either.

24 And all the Mitsrites dug all around the river for water to drink, for they were unable to drink the water of the river.

25 And seven days were completed after 𐤉𐤄𐤅𐤄 had struck the river.